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– As a “proud” alum of the 2002 D-III National runner-ups, I think it’s pretty awesome that the D-II and D-III Final Fours will be part of the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta.

Have a look at all the attendance figures from 2011-2012. As you could expect, Kentucky led the way. Syracuse was second, but led in total fans. Well, that will happen when you play in a dome. More so, that will happen when you play in a place that can seat 7,000 more fans than the next largest arena

– Nobody does this type of story better than Dana O’Neil. She checks in on former-March Madness darling Harold Arceneaux

– I’m not sure if there is a “college basketball” sub-genre of fictional short stories, but if there was, this would win all sorts of literary award

– Don’t look now, but the CAA could be nearing the end of it’s “Golden Age”. There are a lot of reasons why, and this article should cover all the bases

– The Ivy League is getting a TV deal with NBC Sports, but they aren’t getting a post-season tournament

– Mike Huguenin on why the ACC’s new TV deal is a important to the Big East and their search for a new commissioner

– Eamonn Brennan provides your weekly post addressing the “one and done” rule

– I can’t believe I actually enjoyed a post written by Jeff Borzello. But you should read it, even if his head-shot does look like something he pulled from his 8th grade yearbook. Oh, I forgot to mention what it’s about: It’s not Kentucky’s fault the NCAA is investigating Nerlens Noel

– What’s this? Louisville wants out of the Big East? It doesn’t work like that. You don’t just “want in” one year, then a decade later “want out”. If a university wants to change conferences every ten years, why don’t we just get rid of all the conferences all together?

– Texas Tech freshman guard DeShon “Biggie” Minnis will transfer to Rhode Island. Don’t look now, but Danny Hurley is stockpiling talent up in Kingston

Anthony Davis eats a hot wing. Yes, that’s totally video-worthy

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

Denzel Valentine
(AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown: